Fujifilm Instax 300 Instant Camera is released this month as the successor of old Fuji Instax 210 camera. The design is now lot similar to Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 camera and lot slimmer than 210. Camera will be available in shops in March 2015 but some stores let you preorder these cameras already. It’s not point of doing that in my opinion unless you already have a 210 want an upgrade or dying to have this latest model. There are new features but no huge difference from the previous model apart from higher design. This Instant photo camera will be priced around $130 and will be available all around the world by middle of 2015.
Some people argue it lacks new features Instant photo camera fans expected but I think new model had taken one step forward from old Instax Wide model. New camera is lighter in height and looks nicer. Also Fuji has able to keep the price down too. $130 is not expensive comparing with latest Polaroid camera models like Polaroid Z340 and Polaroid z3200 which cost you around $200. Plue Instax Wide film is available in most local camera stores. Those who buy online might even find lot cheaper deals from online stores. (Cheap Instax Wide film offers from Amazon >> Here).
Model 300 is great for anyone who wants a camera with bigger photo format than those Instax Mini cameras. There are some great features too. Here’s a list main features of Fujifilm Instax 300
- 95mm lens : fixed f/14 aperture.
- Two focusing ranges from 3.0 to 9.8′ & 9.8′ to infinity.
- Shutter speed from 1/64 to 1/200 seconds.
- digital view finder.
- Powered by four AA batteries.
- Instax Wide Film
- Flash recharge time of 0.2 to 6 sec.
- Close-Up Lens Adapter included.
Fujifilm Instax Wide Film
Intax 300 camera uses only Fuji Instax Wide Film. So if you like those 3 x 4 format photo prints this is a good option for you. Ever since Polaroid has stopped making Instant film there are lots of Polaroid camera fans who want use to 600 film for their cameras. But since those Polaroid 600 film and other old film are so expensive this is the next best thing you have. There is Polaroid Z340 digital instant camera but not everyone can payy $250 for that.
Wide film price is not too high like old Polaroid film. You can get a film pack for around $20 with bargain offers. ( Cheapest price Here). Cost per photo print would be around $0.70. That’s lot better than Impossible project which cost around $3 per photo print. Instax Mini film are cheaper like around $0.50 but you can’t use those.
Instax 210 VS Instax 300
There isn’t huge difference between these 2 instant film cameras. Model 300 is a better lighter design. Both cameras has same lens which is one reason why some Fuji Instax fans don’t believe this a real upgrade from Model 210. There are few new features like a tripod socket, new viewfinder, LCD Display with exposure counter, lighten-darken control, and flash mode.
Instax 210 is still the cheapest instant camera in market since it’s only around $60 in Amazon. So there is a huge price difference. If you don’t mind the bulky design you should buy the 210 since there isn’t a huge difference in other features. Both camera use same film and batteries.
Even thought this is not what Instax fans expected I think this new 300 camera really look nice. Too bad they haven’t added any really cool new features. Only difference from the old Instax 210 is this new outer design which is similar to the Instax mini 90.
Since Polaroid 340 instant camera is no longer available and It’s very very hard to find a Fujifilm Instax 210 model in the market this Fujifilm Instax 300 camera is the best Instant camera which gives 3 x 4 format photo prints. There is new Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 camera but it’s not a model you can compare with this model. I have both these models so I can say Instax 300 gives you more realistic and quality photos. Basically, this is the best you get if you want photos like from a digital camera. But what you expect from your instant film camera is photos which have those old Polaroids look then you should go for the Polaroid Originals Onestep 2. It provides you amazing retro-like photos. Colors are lot better than those old Polaroid models like Polaroid 600 or Polaroid SX-70